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Writing a Graphic Novel Hollywood Will Buy

At a Glance

  • Seminar on creating graphic novels
  • Takes you inside the comic book industry and teaches everything you need to get started
  • Find out how to get in on the hottest trend in Hollywood today

Having trouble selling your script?  Learn how to write and produce a comic book that will capture Hollywood's attention!

Comic books are red hot in Hollywood now. Numerous blockbuster movies including Sin City, 300, Road to Perdition, Hellboy, Red and Men In Black started out as indie comic books. The hit TV show The Walking Dead was also a graphic novel series.

With its combination of words and visuals in one attractive package, a comic book can be a great sales tool when pitching your project to movie studios and producers because it's easier for these busy professionals to see beforehand what the movie or TV series will look like.

Today, it is much easier to sell a graphic novel than a spec script. With a comic book in hand, you separate yourself from the huge crowd of new screenwriters that only have a spec script to peddle. Studios are looking for pre-branded properties with an existing fan base. You need to build an audience and generate buzz BEFORE submitting your material to producers or film financiers. And comic books are a great, low-cost starting point to develop your story world.

Writer Martin Shapiro (Chopper, Lair of the Fox) will take you inside the comic book industry and teach you everything you need to know to get started, including how to:

  • Convert your screenplay into proper comic book format
  • Hire a good artist
  • Lay out the panels for maximum impact
  • Construct the visual elements like a film director
  • Create vibrant character designs
  • Color the pages like a cinematographer
  • Do dialogue balloons and sound effects
  • Create fantastic cover art
  • Compile a budget and revenue projections
  • Submit your book to agents and movie producers

Using a creator-owned comic book as a case study, the instructor will demonstrate the tools and skills necessary to create strong, cinematic artwork that brings your script to life. We'll also discuss the potential pitfalls faced by beginners that can severely hamper a project. Class handouts will include full legal contracts you can use when working with artists.

Most of this insider information is NOT available in books or online.

For the online webinar, the instructor will bring in a guest speaker for Q&A for the last 30 minutes of class, typically a high-level writer or a senior editor from a publishing company. Prior guest speakers have included Scott Mitchell Rosenberg (producer of Cowboys and Aliens, Men In Black), Marc Guggenheim (writer on No Ordinary Family, CSI: Miami, Flash Forward), Andrew Cosby (creator of the TV series Eureka and co-founder of comic book publisher BOOM! Studios), and David Wohl (Editor-In-Chief of Radical Publishing).

Online Webinar
The webinar consists of 2 weekly 2-hr lectures and interactive Q&A sections, along with one homework assignment given out during the second class session. The assignment is to write the first 5 pages of a comic book script in panel layout format.

How does the webinar work?

The webinar is broadcast over the Internet with the live audio being delivered through your computer speakers or over your telephone. The presentation is displayed directly from the Presenter's computer on to your computer screen.

The Q& A is managed through a chat-style submission system with questions being answered by the Presenter for the entire class to hear. In the event some questions are not answered during the live session, an email with all questions and answers will be sent to all webinar attendees.

What equipment do I need?

All you need is a computer or iPad. You will be able to view the presentation and listen to the audio over the computer speakers. See below for complete system requirements.

System Requirements

For PC-based users:

  • Required: Windows® 7, Vista, XP or 2003 Server
  • Required: Internet Explorer® 7.0 or newer, Mozilla® Firefox® 3.0 or newer or Google™ Chrome™ 5.0 or newer (JavaScript™ and Java™ enabled)
  • Required: Internet connection, with cable modem, DSL or better recommended
  • Recommended: Minimum of Pentium® class 1GHz CPU with 512 MB of RAM (2 GB of RAM for Windows® Vista.

For Mac-based users:

  • Required: Mac OS® X 10.5 (Leopard®), OS X 10.6 (Snow Leopard®)
  • Required: Safari™ 3.0 or newer, Firefox® 3.0 or newer or Google™ Chrome™ 5.0 or newer (JavaScript™ and Java™ enabled)
  • Required: Internet connection, with cable modem, DSL or better recommended
  • Required: Intel processor with 512 MB of RAM or better recommended.

For iPad-based users:

  • Required: Free GoToMeeting app from the Apple App Store
  • Required: WiFi connection to use VoIP

Questions

If you have questions about the webinar, please call us prior to the start time at 800.272.8927.

Product Details

  • Date available: 08/05/2013
  • Return policy: This item is not eligible for return.

Return Policy

Your satisfaction is our top priority. If you are not satisfied with your purchase, please return the item(s) for an exchange or refund within 30 days from the purchase date, unless otherwise noted on the product page.

Ship the item(s) to The Writers Store via a traceable and insured method. You will be responsible for return shipping fees.

Please include a completed Return Form with your shipment. Refunds take up to one week to process once we have received the item(s).

Software returns must be deactivated and uninstalled from your computer before a refund may be issued. Please contact the software manufacturer if you need assistance uninstalling or deactivating your software.

The following items are not returnable: Hollywood Creative Directories, DVDs (opened), and Gift Certificates.

Meet the Author: Martin Shapiro

Martin Shapiro created the horror comic book series Chopper, and sold the movie rights to it. As part of an ambitious transmedia launch, the prequel to Chopper was produced as a web TV series starring Tyler Mane (Halloween, X-Men) and Andrew Bryniarski (Texas Chainsaw Massacre, Batman Returns). Mr. Shapiro’s action-thriller screenplay Lair of the Fox was optioned by Ilya Salkind (Producer of Superman). Mr. Shapiro has written and developed projects for MGM, HBO and numerous production companies including an adaptation of Dragonlance, the New York Times bestselling series of fantasy novels ...